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05-29-2012, 03:59 PM   #346
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If I wanted a camera as big as the K200D becomes with a grip attached, I wouldn't have gotten the K200D in the first place - I'd have gotten the K20D. So for me, redesigning the body to be even smaller - in part by eliminating the largely superfluous LCD - was a great choice on the K-30. While it wouldn't have hurt to have the *option* of a grip, I think Pentax realizes that only a very small number of people in this segment of the market want a camera that large, so designing a grip just for this particular body would not likely have made business sense. I suspect they took a loss on whatever it took to design and manufacture the K200D grip and were not anxious to repeat that.

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I have to say I like my grip on my K200D but then I have unusually large hands. (XXL gloves are too small large) It would be an influence on me when and if I replace my K200D. I also like having the extra batteries on board when shooting races etc. I can shoot all day and never change batteries.
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The K30's battery life is quite poor, so a grip would have been particularly useful. I don't believe that grips are hard to design. I paid 65 GBP for mine, and I consider that expensive for what it is, but I'm willing to pay it for the huge ergonomic benefit it gives. Many people like large cameras and accessories are a potential gold mine as they're cheap to design and produce but usually cost a fair bit. If I had to get a new camera now, I'd have to fork out extra for a K5 (or used K7/K20D) in order to have a grip.
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I dont know that the battery performance is poor. It has been tested with the lithium battery and not Eneloops. I would think it'll be like the KX or KR.

It does have some extra electronics inside though.

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Oh, as for size. It looks about the same size as the K5 without the grip.
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Letting mine go after a good run. Only 9k clicks... in the marketplace if anybody is looking for a spare.
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Size counts!

QuoteOriginally posted by john5100 Quote
Oh, as for size. It looks about the same size as the K5 without the grip.
If SIZE is your only issue -- there's a custom fit project waiting for you.

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When I bought my K200D, it came in a special discounted kit that included the body, the DA* 16-50, the DA* 50-135, the AF360 flash and the grip. I don't think I have used the grip once since trying it out when I got the kit home. The K-5 is just a bit smaller and I like its size.

Meanwhile, do we have a consensus yet - specifically among current K200D owners? Will the K30 replace the K200D in your kit? While I am leaning strongly in that direction, I find it tough to give up the K200D. I still use mine even though I have a K-5 as well. Drop-dead reliability and fantastic low ISO performance.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Biro Quote
When I bought my K200D, it came in a special discounted kit that included the body, the DA* 16-50, the DA* 50-135, the AF360 flash and the grip. I don't think I have used the grip once since trying it out when I got the kit home. The K-5 is just a bit smaller and I like its size.

Meanwhile, do we have a consensus yet - specifically among current K200D owners? Will the K30 replace the K200D in your kit? While I am leaning strongly in that direction, I find it tough to give up the K200D. I still use mine even though I have a K-5 as well. Drop-dead reliability and fantastic low ISO performance.
I don't know. I have a K-5 as well and chose to use it as my alternate body on a research trip. I actually lean towards letting the K20d go first or even the *istD or both IF I go for a white K-30.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Biro Quote
Meanwhile, do we have a consensus yet - specifically among current K200D owners? Will the K30 replace the K200D in your kit?
Not likely, but only because my K200D still works for me. And by the time it stops working, there will likely be something even better. Plus, when the time comes, I may spring for something in the K-5 class.
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The K200 will be hard to let go. I do a lot of low light concerts (ISO 5000 not uncommon). The K200 is not as good as my KX for that. Also low light focus isnt as good either however I do manual focus too. The DR of the K5 would be nice.
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@pacerr - I tell my self that size doesnt matter. :-)
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My latest Favorite shot from my K200D!

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Excellent, Keith!

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Fantastic shot!
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